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For teens looking to have their own money and ready to take on job responsibilities, here’s a list of companies that hire teens as young as 14. Thanks to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the minimum age to work most jobs across the U.S. is 14 years old. However, hiring practices vary by company and location, including minimum age to work, so you must contact individual local businesses about their employment and hiring requirements and practices.
Check out these companies hiring 14 year olds and 15 year olds to get your teen started on making some of their own cash.
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Grocery Store Jobs That Hire at 14
Baggers, stockers, and cart attendants are a few roles that 14-year-olds may qualify for in their area.
Fareway Meat & Grocery
The Fareway Met & Grocery chain has 130 locations across Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, and South Dakota. They may hire a teen at 14 to do a few jobs, such as bagging and stocking in their grocery department.
Giant Eagle has more than 470 locations throughout Ohio, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Shopping cart attendants and bakery clerks are among the jobs that they may hire 14-year-olds for.
Your 14-year-old may find employment with one of the 150 Giant Foods locations across Delaware, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.
As one of the nation’s largest grocery chains in 35 states, Kroger may hire a young teen to perform duties like stocking and bagging, provided the applicant has a proper work permit.
Positions that may be available to 14-year-olds include cashier, bagger, and cart attendant at some of the 1,305 Publix locations in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.
With 910 locations in 18 states around the U.S., Safeway Grocery stores may hire 14-year-olds with a work permit for the bagger position.
Winn-Dixie may hire 14-year-olds for a few roles— such as baggers — at some of their 1,400 stores.
Restaurant Jobs That Hire at 14
Since many national chain restaurants are independent, state and individual location guidelines may vary. Local restaurant jobs that a 14-year-old may qualify for include busser, barista, host or hostess, server, dishwasher, and food prep.
Baskin-Robbins has more than 2,400 locations across the U.S. Your local BR may hire 14-year-olds as team members.
With 200 locations in 22 states, Bruster’s may have available positions for 14-year-olds.
Chick-fil-A has more than 2,600 locations throughout 47 states and may hire teens as young as 14.
Based in Wisconsin with locations in 31 states, 14-year-olds may find employment in some of Culver’s 878 restaurants.
Some of the 7,000+ Dairy Queen locations may hire team members at 14.
As the world’s largest restaurant, with over 13,000 locations nationwide, McDonald’s in your area may hire teens as young as 14.
Rita’s Italian Ice
With 538 locations across 29 states, Rita’s Italian Ice near you may hire team members at 14.
The smallest chain on our list, Runza has 85 locations in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska that may hire 14-year-olds.
With 17,000 U.S. locations, your 14-year-old may find a position at your local Starbucks.
Taco Bell has more than 7,000 restaurants nationwide and may hire teenagers as young as 14 as team members.
Wendy’s may have positions open for 14-year-olds within their almost 6,000 locations across the U.S.
Entertainment Venue Jobs That Hire at 14
National entertainment venues may hire 14-year-olds locally for positions such as concession stand worker, park services, cashier (food and beverage), admissions, and parking attendant.
Some of the 380 AMC Theaters in the U.S. may hire teens as young as 14 to perform various duties at the concession stand or as ushers.
Palace Entertainment has 21 locations nationwide. Some jobs may hire a team member at 14 years old.
With 23 parks across the U.S., your local Six Flags theme park may hire team members as young as 14.
TIP: Although the companies on our list are large by comparison, if you don’t have any of them in your area, contact your local mom-and-pop shops, grocery stores, and entertainment venues (think bowling alleys, water parks, and arcades) and ask if they have any jobs open for 14-year-olds. Here’s a list of summer jobs for teens, too.
Other Jobs for 14-year-olds
Of course, there are plenty of other jobs for 14-year-olds, including babysitter, camp counselor, dog walker, and golf caddy. Some jobs don’t have an age minimum, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. These jobs have no age limit:
- Newspaper delivery
- Performing in radio, television, theatrical productions, and movies
- Work in a business owned by their parents (providing it isn’t a hazardous job or involves manufacturing or mining).
What are the benefits of working at 14?
Working at such a young age as 14 offers teens several benefits, such as:
- Time-management and organizational skills
- How to earn, save, and spend money
- Helps build character and confidence
- Helps build resume
What are the laws about working at 14?
Although the federal government allows teens as young as 14 to work in nonagricultural jobs, child labor laws specify when you can work and how much you can work and get paid.
At the age of 14, you can only work:
- three hours per day on school days
- eight hours on non-school days
- 18 hours total during a school week
- 40 hours maximum during a non-school week
Federal law allows 14-year-olds to work from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., except from June 1 through Labor Day, when they can work up to 9 p.m.
The federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. The FLSA stipulates that those under 20 may receive $4.25 per hour for the first 90 calendar days, after which they must be paid the national minimum wage. Some states have higher minimum wage laws, while Georgia and Wyoming have a lower $5.15 per hour minimum wage. Employers in those two states that fall under the FLSA rules must pay at least $7.25 per hour federal minimum wage.
Another thing to consider for your teen’s future: several companies pay college tuition for their employees.